The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 is officially in the books after a long season of knockouts, tapouts, and thrilling back-and-forth fights. And it all went down on its new broadcast home on the Fox Sports 1 channel.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) dished out bonus awards for all the usual categories -- "Knockout of the Season," "Submission of the Season" and "Fight of the Season" -- except the stakes were much higher.
The winners would receive $25,000.
That's no small prize considering all the time and effort these fighters surrendered in the name of chasing a contract with the world's largest fight promotion. And with nothing promised to them, that extra cheese could go a long way in paying some bills that piled up while they were stashed away in Las Vegas.
So who deserved the moolah?
Knockout of the Season - Jessica Rakoczy
Submission of the Season - Sarah Moras
The awards were announced during the TUF 18 Finale: "Maynard vs. Diaz" event last night (Sat., Nov. 30, 2013) at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. That means it was a great evening for Pennington and Duke in particular, who both won their respective bouts against Roxanne Modafferi and Peggy Morgan, respectively.
Not so much for Rakoczy, though. She lost in the finals to Julianna Pena, though an extra $25K may help to cushion the blow.
For complete TUF 18 Finale results and blow-by-blow coverage of all the night's action click here.